League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2019

League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational - MSI 2019

Grab your popcorn and get ready for some of the best League of Legends matchups this year! The legendary Mid-Season Invitational takes place from Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 19th May.

Teams in attendance

Thirteen champions from 13 regions to make their way to Asian soil for the annual event. This year we are guaranteed to see a new champion, as the current champions, Royal Never Give Up, failed to qualify for the event.

The teams in attendance can be seen below:

  • Invictus Gaming (China)
  • SK Telecom T1 (South Korea)
  • G2 Esports (Europe)
  • Team Liquid (North America)
  • Flash Wolves (Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau)
  • Phong Vu Buffalo (Vietnam)
  • 1907 Fenerbahce (Turkey)
  • INTZ e-Sports (Brazil)
  • DetonatioN FocusMe (Japan)
  • Isurus Gaming (Latin America)
  • Bombers (Oceania)
  • Vega Squadron (Commonwealth of Independent States)
  • MEGA (Southeast Asia)

How the format works

  • Play-In Group Stage – May 1st – 4th in GG Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Two groups of four teams each, the Play-In Draw Show will take place on April 23 at 19:00CST (4:00PDT)
    • Bo1 Double round robin
    • The Winner of each group advances to Play-In Knockout
    • Each group contains two teams each from Pool 1 and Pool 2
  • Play-In Knockout Stage – May 5th – 7th in GG Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
    • Four teams, in the first round:
      • Winner of Group A against the team from LCS
      • Winner of Group B against the team from LMS
    • Bo5 Double elimination format
    • Three teams qualify for Group Stage
  • Group Stage – May 10th – 14th in National Convention Center, Hanoi
  • Knockout Stage – May 17th – 19th in Heping Basketball Gymnasium, Taipei

Teams with an advantage

Due to how seeding works 5 teams will have extra time to prepare for the event; Invictus Gaming, SK Telecom, G2, Liquid and Flash Wolves. We should be looking at the top 3 seeded teams as realistic contenders to win the event.

Liquid are a good roster but are notorious for struggling on the International Stage. European teams also suffered mockery for this over the years but after Fnatics historic run at Worlds last year, this could change.

With Caps moving from Fnatic to G2, and G2 having a strong season and playoff stage to qualify for the event, their odds of toppling the Asian giants like Invictus and SK Telecom have increased.

Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon
Matt has been involved in Esports for the better part of 5 years now, more commonly known by those in the scene as Fozzii. In the past, he has competed at a high level in Esports and also managed teams and organisations, some of which went on to win a Championship. Esports is his passion and it's fair to say he's a fanatic.